Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Book Club Meeting - "Things Fall Apart"
A small but enthusiastic core group has kept the Book Club going all year! If you find yourself with a bit more free time over the summer, we cordially invite you to join us!
Our May selection is "Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
CCBL and Keck Undergraduate Research Program Summer Workshop
The Center for Community Based Learning (CCBL) and the Keck Undergraduate Research Program are co-sponsoring a summer workshop
The workshop is open to all interested faculty members and will be held in Dumke Commons.
The workshop will cover the following topics:
- Mentoring undergraduate research in the humanities, arts, and social sciences
- Integrating community based learning and research into courses
- Information about both the CCBL and the Keck Undergraduate Research Program
- Additional on-campus resources to support community based learning and research
All my best.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
May 29: Summer Research Luncheon
Featured speaker will be Geology Professor Scott Bogue with a presentation titled "Fortune of Reversal."
Everyone knows that the Earth has a magnetic field -- it's what makes compass needles point north. But did you know that the Earth's magnetic field pointed south for about half the time in our geologic past? When will it happen again? And what will happen when it does? Prof. Bogue will describe some recent results from his research on the spectacular phenomenon of geomagnetic polarity reversal.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
May 29: OxyTalks/Zócalo Public Square | Can Popular Music Still Change Culture?
Leonard Bernstein once called Elvis Presley the “greatest cultural force in the 20th century,” and historian David Halberstam accorded Presley “revolutionary” status for his effect on the youth of America and the world.During the 1960s, rebellion and rock ’n’ roll went hand-in-hand, and resistance to the Vietnam War drew on popular music, and vice versa. Today, kids and their parents listen to the same songs, and the only thing Justin Bieber seems to rebel against are the paparazzi. Sure, a risqué new video or a political statement by the likes of Lady Gaga makes headlines, but are today’s artists courting controversy for controversy’s sake? Or, worse yet, are they just selling us their product? KCRW “Morning Becomes Eclectic” host Jason Bentley, Occidental College cultural critic James Ford, and music critic Evelyn McDonnell visit Zócalo to explore whether popular music today—from gangster rap and club beats to teen pop anthems—is an agent of cultural change or merely money-making entertainment.